European Committee 2015 in Rome

Dear friends from the National Organizations,

Greetings from the European Coordination JECI-MIEC!

As there are/were some problems with the communication with your offices, we ask you to take this information to your national offices as soon as possible.

We´d like to remind you to send your calls of delegates for the JECI-MIEC European Committee 2015, which will take place in Rome (Italy), from the 7th-13th September 2015.

Final deadline for the Call for Delegates will be the 1st August 2015, 11.59pm.

Find here the Call for Delegates, the Calls for the positions of the European Coordinator, Executive Board, European ChaplainInternal Auditors and Hosting Organisations. Please read the documents carefully.

You also find an Application to statutes concerning the change of the postal address.

After receiving the data of your delegate you will also receive a digital report form for your national reports to be presented at the European Committee 2015, the minutes of the European Committee 2014, the narrative as well as financial reports 2014-2015 and a budget proposal for 2016.

Please pay attention to the deadlines and procedures.

As usual, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to approach the European Team.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

With best regards and united in prayers,

European Team 2015

Newsletter 2015

Dear friends,


click here to read our Newsletter with information about what happened until the end of this first half of 2015!


Enjoy reading!


On behalf of the European Team 2015


Simon Fischer



The European Youth Forum (YFJ) invited its member organisations to the first Council of Members (COMEM) this year from 17th to 18th Aprile. For the European Coordination JECI-MIEC the European Coordinator Simon Fischer took this vote and set out for Brussels.

There was a meeting of the so called faith-based Member Organisations (MO) in the afternoon of the arrival day (16th April), but due to some traffic-related difficulties it was not possible for Simon to join this. As it was his first COMEM, he attended the introductory session for new delegates and in the evening the second meeting of the faith-based MO. They exchanged about the resolutions and the organisation-specific attitudes towards their contents.

There are two types of organisations within the members of the European Youth Forum: National and International Member Organisations. This structural difference in the past was normally also shown by separating these types of organisation spatially from each other during this meeting. The Extraordinary General Assembly on Friday started with a little innovation: all organisations were seated mixed. This measure was appreciated a lot by all attendants.

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Christ is risen!

The expresssion used by Jesus on te cross: “It is finished (tetelestai)” , means both that His appointed work was completed, the last installment was paid and that the lamb without blemish was found. Without the blood he sheded to spare us, we would not have known the joy of Resurrection.

Christ has risen! Let us rejoice and be the witnesses he sends out to share the Good News.

We wish that this time of Feast finds you with peace in your families and hope in your hearts.



Digital Natives advocating for Human Rights – Conclusion of the Study Session of JECI-MIEC by participants

After the end of the Study Session in Budapest, we asked some participants to deliver their feeling about the past week. Ioanna (EKNE Greece) and Chiara (FUCI Italy) accepted to give us their impressions.


“The ” ’Digital Natives’ advocating for Human Rights” Study Session 2015, took place from the 22nd February to the 1st March in the European Youth Centre in Budapest. The session was attended by 37 participants (including the preparation team) from Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Italy, Malta, Greece, Armenia, Nairobi (Africa) and Jakarta (Indonesia), who shared their ideas, experiences and knowledge based on their culture.

All the participants worked hard being focused on human right issues as discrimination, equality, freedom, free speech, right to education, right to health etc. The main methodology of that Study Session was the one of See-Judge-Act. After long discussions, presentations and role-plays, the participants moved on the use of social media and internet (creation of websites and online magazines) for the better information of people not only all over their countries but globe in general. So, two days before the end of Study Session, the participants separated into smaller groups and prepared videos, challenges, photos, magazines etc in order to pass the message of everyone’s right to equal confrontation.

Of course, parts of JECI-MIEC’s Study Session were both Spiritual development, with morning and lunch prayer, Opening and Closing Mass, and Intercultural evenings, with presentations of each member’s country, culture and traditional products.

Thanks to every member of the preparatory team and every single participant’s contribution, the activity managed to be completed properly. We all owe a huge “Thank you” especially to the people of the European Youth Centre, who were of any possible help every time it was needed, during our stay in Youth Centre, the experts, who dedicated their free time to give us a beautiful lection and last but not least the European Youth Foundation!”

Ioanna Vidali (EKNE Greece)


“From the windows of the lobby of the European Youth Center the sun peeps through the dense fog of Budapest, it is fiery red almost wanting to burn. I can always picture the sun how it was the door lock of the sky through which God looks at us!

Here everything is quiet at 7:15 am! It is silence except for some small noise that comes from the cleaning staff! Silence eliminates the flooding of the words and the overflowing of something that must be said, preparing for a day that is to begin, I am expecting my fellows of international adventure with which, for the entire stay at the Study Session held in the Hungarian capital (February 22-March 1st), I ran every morning at dawn from our accommodation to reach a church where to attend mass. An Italian, a Polish, two Romanians, two Maltese who go to Mass in Hungarian may seem like the beginning of a joke, but it was the only way in which a special friendship between the rows of JECI-MIEC was formed, that is much more than an international association: is the meeting of young people with suitcases targeting Europe from every nation on the continent, willing to live together for a week’s study session! It ‘hard to describe in words this experience (there are things that must be tasted to be understood, such as chocolate) because inside there is much more! It’s about getting pleasantly lost in the lives of others. Immersed in English accent accommodated the source language of each, the theme of study focused on Human Rights and Media. We have endeavored to undertake group work creating concrete projects for the protection of human rights through the new media. Human rights are something that often is known only in theory and is printed on the glossy page of a subsidiary of Civic Education as almost not wanting to meddle with our ordinary, real and personal life. We are individual people but not anonymous. Anonymity makes people run from the responsibility of the piece of the world entrusted to the hands of everyone. The fight is difficult because of some digital platforms that are sweeping the tradition today not facilitating the task of education to transparency: there the anonymity acts as a master. In order to raise awareness of human rights will therefore be necessary to demolish this anonymity and start again from the particular, from the very detail of the relationships: between me and myself, between me and you that is sitting next to me, between you, me and the others. Knowing each other helps getting empathically in the shoes of the other, to respect them, to understand and accept them – to recognize their right of humanity that they deserve.”

Chiara Capponi – FUCI Italy

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How is the prep-team working on the Study Session in Budapest?

The ”’Digital Natives’ advocating for Human Rights” Study Session is approaching and the prep-team is not sitting for nothing. It’s true, they are split, each working in their home country, in front of their personal electronic device searching for relevant information. Some go deep, searching for innovative techniques, some go for the basics since that’s where everything starts from. But they are never alone. Since they address the digital natives, they are in a constant contact to one another, testing the devices and means that most young people are using today. And if considered easier, they put their hand on the cell-phone and just greet their colleagues in order to ask for help or for an opinion.

While participants were asked to bring in some national cases of Human Rights’ violations, members of the prep team are searching for some as well. And since we’re talking about Human Rights, we want to keep everything legal. For that, visa requests and liability papers for underage participants are dealt with to ensure that everyone is accepted and warmly welcomed to our activity.

Beginning of January also the Info-Pack has been prepared in order that the participants know what to expect, what to bring and what not to forget. In the same document, one can find indications on how to arrive to the venue. The experts have been contacted, and put up to date with all the requests and the main desired outcomes. The ongoing process at the moment is putting in concrete steps all the activities, adjusting them one to the other and making sure they are exciting enough. Please make sure you are following all the instructions provided and that you keep an eye on your inbox. You never know what’s still to come.


Meet the European team 2015

European Coordinator
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His name is Simon Fischer, he is born in 1986 and he comes from AKH Germany.

He studies at Augsburg University in order to become Secondary School Teacher in Mathematics and Physical Education.

He is an active member of his local organisation since 2002 and an AKH board member since September 2013.

His first experience with JECI-MIEC was at the European Congress 2012 where he was a delegate for AKH and the second at the European Committee 2014 in Luxembourg, where he was elected.

The languages he speaks are German(as a mother tongue) and english but also some Italian and French.

He is a multitalented person with many hobbies such as sports(soccer, swimming, running etc), dancing and music(playing, singing, listening).


Team members


Mihaela Sopon, born in 1989, currently studies the second year of masters in Food Quality Management, having finished a BA in Food Science and Technology.

She is actively involved in the Greek-Catholic Youth Association ASTRU Cluj of which she is a member since 2008, and in the Executive Board since 2012.

She participated in several activities of JECI-MIEC in Strasbourg, Peltre, Cluj and Luxembourg, having joined the European team for the Year 2015 in the last mentioned location.

Her main hobbies are travelling, singing, getting lost in book stores and spending quality time with her family. Languages spoken: Romanian (mother tongue), English and French (advanced level) and very basic knowledge of Spanish, Italian and more recently German.


Jacques Neyens, born in 1989, has finished his bachelor in Law at the University of Luxembourg in 2014 and he studies at the moment the Master in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts. Besides of his studies he’s the responsible for the JEC Luxembourg activities and he’s a freelancer for Eldoradio for which he read the news. He likes to sing, play guitar and he’s working in different student associations. He first participate in 2012 at the JECI-MIEC European Congress in Malta, he later went to the Training Session in Peltre and was part of the prep team for the JECI- MIEC European Committee in Luxembourg where he was elected to the European Team for the year 2015.  He speaks Luxembourgish, German, French and English, but also a little bit of Italian.


His name is Clément Maury, born in 1992, from JEC France. He is currently in Master of Political Sciences (European Affaires) in Lille. He is a member of the National Team of JEC France since 2012 and president since October 2013. He has participated at the EC2013 in Cluj, at the Colloquium in Poland and at the EC2014 in Luxembourg. His hobbies are tennis, soccer and French horn. He can speak French, German, English and a bit Dutch and Italian.


Romana Mysula, born in 1986, is an elected as team member since January 2012. She comes from AUCS Obnova. She has a Specialist and Bachelor degree in Pedagogical Education and she is currently working at the International relations office of the Ternopil National Pedagogical University. She has a lot of experience in Jeci-Miec activities since she has attended the Summerweek in Cluj(2010), the Colloquium in Kaunas(2011), the Study Session co-organised by IMCS in Cologne(2011) and the EC 2011 in Corfu. Most important is that she has facilitated the Study Session in Strasbourg and in Malta, the Training Session in Peltre and the Colloquium in Warsaw, but also all the European Committees since 2012 as a European team member. Last but not least, she speaks Ukrainian, English, German and Russian.

Highschool expert

20140405_062109460_iOSJanek Szypulski, born in 1997, will work together with the European Team as a highschool expert. He comes from KIK- Drum Bun and he studies at Stefan Batory the King lyceum school.

He is involved in  Warsaw KIK where he is in the board of youth section and animator in section for children. His first experience with JECI-MIEC was at the European Committee but he was also a local organising team member for the Colloquium in Warsaw.

His hobbies are skiing, mountaineering and sailing. The languages he speaks are: English, German and Polish as mother tongue.

Christmas greetings

Dear friends of JECI-MIEC´s European Coordination

The first Christmas-carol, so to say, we find in the Gospel:


‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,

   and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’ (Luke 2:14)


It´s the song, the angels sang, when they were seen and heard by the shepherds.

This song contains, what people long for in Europe and world-wide: Shalom – Peace.

Our thoughts are this year especially with our Ukrainian friends and our friends in the Middle-East – and with everybody who reads this!


Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Yours sincerely,

European Teams 2014/2015

Transmission of Memory 2014

From the 12th to the 15th of December the European Teams 2014 and 2015 met in Cologne for the Transmission of Memories and had their meeting at the office of KHG Cologne. At this meeting took part Maximilian Niessen (outgoing European Coordinator), Fr. Markus Wasserfuhr(Spiritual Assistant), Eirini Freri(ET 2014), Romana Mysula(ET 2014/2015), Simon Fischer(European Coordinator), Jacques Neyens(ET 2015), Mihaela Sopon(ET2015), Clement Maury(ET 2015) and Jan Szypuslki(Highschool Expert).

The meeting started at the evening of the 12th when all the team members arrived and had a dinner and an exchange of gifts. The official part started on the 13th with a spiritual impulse and the update of the current Situation. Thanks to Simon Fischer all the discussion were interactive and more productive. At the afternoon Johan Vanhove and then every member wrote in some papers the expectations towards the work of the Team and the European Coordinator and in the evening they visited the board of AKH in Bonn.


The 14th kicked off with a morning prayer and the rest of the day was dedicated to the new Team. The responsibilities were distributed and the new team members had the chance to learn their new duties with the help of the old team members. During the evening, the two teams attended the Sunday mass celebrated by Fr. Markus together with the local students and then the evening and the meeting closed with some team building games for the new team.

We thank the European team 2014 for all the work that is had done and we wish the European team 2015 a great and fruitful mandate!


Preparatory meeting for the Study Session 2015

Between 30th-31st October 2014, took place the preparatory meeting of the Study Session “’Digital Natives’ Advocating For Human Rights” in the European Youth Center of Budapest, Hungary. The study Session is organized by JECI-MIEC European Coordination in collaboration with the Council of Europe and will take place 22nd-28th February 2015.

The preparatory team consisting of Jacques Neyens, Michele Giovanardi, Mihaela Sopon and Simon Fischer received help and support from the Council of Europe’s educational advisor, Zora Csalagovits, who joined all the way through. Menno Ettema, educational advisor himself joined us as well in order to get acquainted to one another and prepare for the work that will be done in February.

The sessions have been split, the timetable and tasks have been aproached and the team is ready to prepare the activities in order that the Human Rights be advocated for as they deserve to, as us Christians should defend them, of course, using the media tools at hand. We look forward to also meet our experts and to the interventions of the Council of Europe in this regard.

The weather treated us nicely and allowed us to visit as well a small corner of the city. It looks promising.

See you all in Budapest!

Kind regards,

The preparatory team


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